- Post extraction instructions,
INSTRUCTIONS TO FOLLOW AFTER A DENTAL EXTRACTION OR ANY SURGICAL PROCEDURE IN THE MOUTH
- Firmly bite/close your mouth the gauze for atleast twenty (20) to thirty (30)minutes.
- Swallow saliva normally. Do not allow saliva to pool in the mouth. This disturbs clot formation that stops bleeding.
- After nearly 30 minutes remove the gauze pack. Do not place your finger over the extraction/surgical site. Similarly DO NOT allow any one else to try to inspect the extraction /surgical site because you may introduce serious infections.
- Should any active bleeding reappear, place the extra gauze pack you were given and firmly bite/close your mouth again.
- Avoid spitting and rinsing our mouth throughout the day of the dental extraction/surgery in the mouth. Try and eat normally using the better side of the mouth. Avoid HOT FOODS.
- Restrain /discourage small children from eating foods until after about TWO HOURS following any dental procedure where local anaesthesia has been used. Be watchful to ensure that they do not bite on their lips even when not eating since the heaviness and tingling sensation arising from the anaesthesia is particularly uncomfortable for children.
- Resume normal/routine oral mouth hygiene practices after about 24(twenty four) hours following the dental extraction/surgical procedure; gently brush your teeth on the operation side and rinse actively with warm water with a little salt in it. Otherwise use a commercial mouthwash of your choice to rinse generously.
- Swelling may occur after removal of tooth/teeth by surgery that involves removal of some bone. This swelling will be maximum after 48 hours. This is a normal reaction to any surgical Application of cold compression (ice packs) may minimise this swelling.
- Should the bleeding persist or re-occur after observing these instructions, then immediately contact your practitioner/service provider for further instructions on what may be desireable.
- Take any medications prescribed according to the instructions given by the pharmacy dispensing staff. Always inform your practitioner /service provider regarding any other medicines you may be taking for any other ailments.
- Wisdom teeth management
Wisdom teeth are the third and last molars on each side of the upper and lower jaws. They are also the final teeth to erupt; they usually come in when a person is in their late teens or early twenties. Wisdom teeth that only partially emerge or come in crooked can also lead to painful crowding and disease. As teeth removed before age 20 have less developed roots and fewer complications, the American Dental Association recommends that people between 16 and 19 have their wisdom teeth evaluated to see if they need to be removed. Impacted wisdom teeth occur when one or more of your third molars have no room to enter the arch, are misaligned, or are growing at an angle that keeps them from fully erupting.
Pericornitis is a dental infection that occurs when there is not enough room in the mouth for a wisdom tooth to erupt. The wisdom tooth is partially erupted and the gum tissue covers a part of the top of the tooth. This allows food or plaque to become lodged under the gum tissue flap. If the area becomes infected, it is called pericoronitis and the gum tissue will become swollen and red.
- Symptoms include a bad smell or taste in the mouth, discharge of pus from the gum near the tooth, swollen lymph lodes under the chin, muscle spasm in the jaw and swelling on the affected side of the face. You can treat it by rinsing with warm salt water and make sure that food is removed. An antibiotic may need to be given and oral surgery may be necessary to treat this oral care issue